IBM today introduced the eServer X3 architecture to bring mainframe-inspired capabilities and sophisticated high-end technology to the company’s next-generation 64-bit Intel Xeon processor-based xSeries servers. The new X3 architecture provides up to 38 percent higher four-way performance than the previous generation of Intel Xeon processor-based systems, enabling businesses to simultaneously run 32-bit and 64-bit applications and more rapidly process massive amounts of data. IBM also announced the new IBM eServer xSeries 366, the first in a planned IBM family of dual-core-capable Intel-based server offerings. The third generation of IBM’s Enterprise X-Architecture design, X3 is optimized for superior server consolidation and enterprise application software, and uses IBM’s high-end Virtualization Engine technology to enhance virtualization capabilities. The IBM eServer xSeries 366 server is planned to be available in volume within 90 days. Pricing for the x366 will start at $ 6,999 in the United States.

IBM today introduced the eServer X3 architecture, the culmination of a three
year, one hundred-million-dollar development effort, to bring mainframe-inspired
capabilities and sophisticated high-end technology to the company’s
next-generation 64-bit Intel Xeon processor-based xSeries servers. The new X3
architecture provides up to 38 percent higher four-way performance than the
previous generation of Intel Xeon processor-based systems, enabling businesses
to simultaneously run 32-bit and 64-bit applications and more rapidly process
massive amounts of data.

IBM also announced the new IBM eServer xSeries 366, the first in a planned IBM
family of dual-core-capable Intel-based server offerings.

"IBM today delivers the most advanced technology ever available on an Intel
server platform," said Susan Whitney, general manager for eServer xSeries, IBM
Systems and Technology Group. "The new xSeries product family based on X3 draws
from our mainframe expertise and provides unprecedented benefits for customers
seeking the most sophisticated capabilities and performance from their software
applications."

The third generation of IBM’s Enterprise X-Architecture design, X3 is optimized
for superior server consolidation and enterprise application software, and uses
IBM’s high-end Virtualization Engine technology to enhance virtualization
capabilities. IBM’s X3 architecture offers investment protection for IBM
customers with its family of pay-as-you-grow Intel-based servers by supporting
both 32-bit and 64-bit applications on the same platform so clients can migrate
to 64-bit as needed.

Formerly known as "Summit" prior to its 2001 introduction, Enterprise
X-Architecture has been well received by customers and has helped IBM capture
market leadership for the eight-way and above Intel server market segment. In
fact, IBM went from 18 percent worldwide market share to nearly 60 percent in
the eight-way space. Additionally, IBM has consistently been the fastest-growing
Intel-server vendor in the world since 2001, and grew revenue in the Intel
server market segment by 26 percent year-to-year for 3Q04.*

The eServer xSeries 366 is built with 64-bit Intel Xeon processors MP and
platform capabilities including support for DDR2-based Active Memory and Active
PCI-X 2.0, the new standard for high performance server I/O. This platform,
combined with IBM’s chipset technology expertise, can improve overall system
performance compared to the previous generation by up to 38 percent when 64GB of
memory is used. (1) The x366 will offer a significant price/performance
improvement over prior generations, eliminating the price discontinuity between
two-way and four-way commercial platforms. The x366 is optimized for server
consolidation and enterprise applications, including business software such as
IBM DB2 Universal Database, SAP, Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle.

IBM Hurricane chipset technology leadership
Hurricane, the third-generation Enterprise X-Architecture chipset, is the heart
of X3, providing the x366 with an integrated processor and memory controller
that significantly reduces memory latency, improving response times and overall
system performance for customers. The XA-64e chipset was specifically designed
for xSeries by a cross-platform architectural team who has expertise from IBM’s
mainframe heritage.

Some key advantages available exclusively from the Hurricane chipset include:

  • Significant improvement in price-performance versus previous generation
    x365.
  • Substantial improvement in processor-to-memory latency reduction critical
    for commercial enterprise workloads.
  • Virtual XceL4v Dynamic Server Cache delivering intelligent caching with
    memory latency so low that a physical L4 cache is not necessary.
  • Embedded Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) with an integrated snoop
    filter and remote directory.
  • Three scalability ports, each operating at 6.4 GB/s, among the fastest in
    the industry.
  • Active PCI-X 2.0 up to 266 MHz – double the previous generation with
    backward compatibility to legacy PCI and PCI-X.

X3 Enables New Performance Records – x366 Beats Industry Benchmarks

  • The x366 has set a new performance record for 4-way Intel Xeon
    processor-based servers on the TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark.
    The x366 achieved 141,504 tpmC (transactions per minute C) (2), delivering 48%
    better performance than the HP ProLiant DL580G2/3.0GHz system and 8% better
    than the HP ProLiant DL585 O850 2.6GHz system. (3)
  • The x366 also set a new performance record for 4-way servers on the 300GB
    TPC-H business intelligence benchmark. The x366 achieved a Composite
    Query-per-Hour metric of 7,731.9 QphH@300GB, ranking it in the Top Ten TPC-H
    by Performance for the 300GB database. (4)

Pricing and Availability
The IBM eServer xSeries 366 server is planned to be available in volume within
90 days. Pricing for the x366 will start at $ 6,999 in the United States. IBM’s
eServer X3 systems will arrive concurrently with new scalable 64-bit x86
operating system software from major technology vendors including Microsoft, Red
Hat and Novell.